EAP: Be A Mentor

EAP students are assigned to a study skills class where they will work with English language tutors. These tutors, who are Drury students, meet with EAP students on a weekly basis to help with homework, provide conversation practice, and advise students on American culture and campus life.

Kendall Alexander

Kendall Alexander is a junior at Drury University. She is a double-major in music therapy and Pre-Ministry/Community Engagement. Kendall enjoys spending time with friends, drinking coffee, and making music in her free time. Other organizations that Kendall is involved in include The Vine campus ministry, the honors program, SMTA, and three singing ensembles at Drury. Kendall is grateful for the opportunity to be an EAP mentor because she loves being able to develop relationships with international students.


Rachel Bortnik

Rachel Bortnik is a junior double majoring in English and Writing. She is the Community Outreach Chair for Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society, and Secretary of Publications Club. This is Rachel’s first year being a part of the EAP mentor team. She appreciates the opportunity to connect with the international students and to learn about their cultural backgrounds as she introduces her peers to the American culture.


Shelby Johnson

Shelby is a junior Music Therapy major from Saint Charles, Missouri. She is new to the mentor program. Apart from mentoring, she is on the executive board for the Student Music Therapy Association on campus. She enjoys volunteering in her community and helping her fellow students succeed. She is looking forward to a great year of memories with the EAP students. 


Isabella Melena

Bella is a senior who’s originally from Arvada, Colorado and she has been on the mentor team for three years now.  Apart from mentoring, she is on the Drury’s women tennis team. This summer, she worked with a pediatric endocrinologist studying type 1 diabetes in adolescents. She’s also an active member of the Drury Honors Program and the American Chemical Society. In May 2019, she will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Upon graduation, she hopes to get her MD/PhD and specialize in oncology.


Madeline Smith

Madeline is a senior from Kansas City, Missouri. She is double majoring in Sociology and Leadership and Organizational Communication and has a minor in French. Some of her best memories in EAP have involved food, whether she is introducing EAP students to American gems or they're introducing her to their favorite dishes from home. Apart from being involved in EAP, Madeline is also the Head RA for Smith Hall and the VP of Communications for the International Student Association. She has a passion for different cultures and loves the opportunity to become friends with people from all over the world on Drury's campus. 

After graduating, Madeline will continue to fulfill her passion of learning about other cultures by spending two years in Benin, West Africa as a Medical Extension Volunteer for the Peace Corps. 


Meghan Whitacre

Meghan is a junior from Ava, Missouri and has been with the mentor team for a year. In addition to being an EAP mentor, Meghan is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. In May 2020, Meghan will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing. She plans to take a gap year before pursuing her Master's in English.


Sydney Winders

Sydney Winders is a third year music therapy student with vocal primary and an emphasis in opera studies. She is student music therapy advocacy chair and has two more seats on other executive board at Drury. Along with singing Sydney plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele. Her goal is to graduate in 2021 with her board certification and work in hospitals and hospice settings.